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Bangkok things to do

Are you planning a trip to Bangkok? Bangkok, the most popular tourist hotspot in Southeast Asia offers many reasons for travellers to visit there. Be it popular Bangkok attractions, shopping in Bangkok streets or experiencing Bangkok nightlife, you will sure have fantastic time in this bustling city.

However just imagine your time spending with the locals!

Dining, talking or even visiting attractions with locals! Isn’t this the best way to spend time in any city? In such, here are five things to do in Bangkok that you do not want to miss. Bonus tip: Doing my research I spotted a company called Withlocals. They seem perfect to combine all the ingredients for an authentic local experience

1. Visit a Floating Market

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Floating markets are one of the unique attractions in Bangkok which almost every visitor wants to experience. This can be the best Bangkok experience which you can have if you plan it properly. You will need to arrange a boat tour to visit floating markets. Also having a local guide will be helpful for you to visit the floating markets without much hustle.

Do you know that there are almost 5 floating markets around the Bangkok city with different timing and different days? So, instead of planning your floating market tour alone, get the help of locals in Bangkok and let them plan your trip. That will help you to save both time and money. Check this  Floating Market & Boat Tour which is ideal to visit the floating markets. Other than the visit to the floating market, you will also experience boat riding and local Thai food. Don’t forget to experience the public transport like a local!

2. Experience Thai food with locals

Unique Things to do in Bangkok with Locals

Yes, Thailand is so much popular for their delicious food including street foods. You may think that it is nothing to plan and you only have to visit restaurants along the way to experience the Thai food. But how about dining with a family who are actually locals of Bangkok? This will be a really interesting experience as you will get the opportunity to spend time with locals in Bangkok while learning their food culture. Such friendly and warm home dining experience will be remarkable and that will add you lifetime memories! Check this list of  Withlocals experiences in Bangkok and select what are the favourite things to do in your next holiday!

 3. Spend a night in a local Thai home

Other than dining with locals, you can also spend a night with locals to experience a glimpse of their lifestyle. There are homestay facilities around Bangkok which you can rent a whole house or stay in a private room in a local Thai home. Such experience will definitely add you fantastic and unique memories!

4. Visit Hidden Gems

When you search for things to do in Bangkok, I am sure you will find lot of lists which highlight shopping in Bangkok or nightlife experiences in Bangkok. However have you heard of hidden gems which are not much popular among the tourists to Bangkok? A traditional silk farm day trip, visiting traditional Thai artists or visit to a Thai village can be exciting and will allow you to spend quality time with locals while experiencing their culture.

5. Visit Buddhist Temples

Things You Must Do In Bangkok

Thailand, being a Buddhist country, you will find lot of Buddhist temples around the neighborhood of Bangkok. Don’t forget to visit at least one Buddhist temple in your trip to Bangkok. You can even chat with a Buddhist monk and experience the Buddhist way of living.

However you need to know how to behave in a Buddhist temple and how properly dress when you visit a temple. When you know such things, your experience will be memorable!

There are many other attractions and things to do in Bangkok. However with above unique attractions you will never find a dull moment in Bangkok. Plan your Bangkok trip before you reach the country. That will save you both time and energy which in return give you remarkable memories and experiences too!

 

 

Safety and security in Phnom Penh Cambodia

If you are planning a trip to Phnom Penh, then you also need to know some safety tips same as your concern to the attractions and things to do in Phnom Penh. Recently we visited Phnom Penh, however we had really safe and memorable trip there without any single issue. Although we spent our evenings along the riverside and inside the restaurants, we also prepared with travel safety tips specially for Phnom Penh. As we travelled with a kid and as a family, we always considered safety tips and also received some advice from the hotel staff we stayed.

Here are some possible risks in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and how you can prevent those by preparing for such situations. These all are as we heard from the hotel staff and some of the tuk tuk drivers we talked. Hope these tips will be helpful for you to enjoy a pleasant holiday among all the things to do in Phnom Penh!

Prepare for Bag snatching

Bag snatching is common in city area and as we heard these things can be happened by a passing by motorcycle. In Phnom Penh, you will find lot of motor cycles. Sometimes it is unbelievable when we saw traffic by motor bikes. To keep your things safe, never wear your bag on back. Keep your bag inside when you travel by a tuk tuk. Also keep the valuable items locked in the safe in your hotel room when you visit out.

When you walk for a little distance or if you enjoy a walking city tour, wear your bag, camera and other accessories on the shoulder which is not on the traffic side.

Keep your smart phones inside

We also used our normal digital camera for photographing the street views and we did not want to take our smart phones out.

Hire tuk tuks with safe

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Always try to hire tuk tuks with the help of your hotel staff. We usually hired tuk tuks which are parked in front of the hotel we stayed. Also keep some idea on taxi rates. Usually tuk tuk rates are $2- $4 for short trips across the city.(in February 2017) When you have some idea on the rates, you don’t have to worry about paying higher rates for the tuk tuk drivers. It is possible that tuk tuk drivers will ask you some higher amount or they will also ask more money when you complete your ride. Before you get into the tuk tuk, remember to agree the rate. Also if they ask more money when you complete the ride and if it is an amount of few dollars, better to pay than arguing. Bargaining is common in Phnom Penh. If your tuk tuk driver asks for $4, you can bargain with them for a $3 ride. Anyway after all it is all about $1-$2 discount and better not to argue with them much. 🙂

We had tuk tuk rides around the city of Phnom Penh during our Phnom Penh itinerary and we didn’t face any problem.These are some tips to keep in your mind to spend a safe holiday in Phnom Penh.

Hire taxis for night time

If you want to enjoy night life or if you plan travelling at night, always taxis are better than tuk tuks and motos. There are taxi companies which you can contact or you can always seek the help from the hotel staff. When you alight from your taxi, always be aware of the surrounding for your safe.

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Street views from Phnom Penh – Cambodia
Learn about travel safety before you travel

Read more about travel safety and be equipped with tips and ideas to prevent security issues in Phnom Penh. You can also check online travel safety training course and learn more about how to behave in a situation if you become a victim. It is better to know more about accommodation safety, about facing the challenges in a new place and how to face for natural disasters before you travel. This will be helpful to you not only to travel Phnom Penh but to travel anywhere in the world.

Don’t buy things from the kids or don’t give money to them

We also found kids selling items in front of Royal Palace. It is a really pity thing to see. However we found lot of advices which asks not to buy from kids. Behind these kids, there are adults who do the business using the kids to get attention.

Also there are campaigns in Phnom Penh which raise awareness about orphanages. ‘Don’t create more Orphans’ is one of the slogan I came across. Think twice before you donate to orphanages. Check properly and decide. Work with reputed institutions if you plan for donations during your stay in Phnom Penh.

It is advised to support families not for orphanages. It seems some orphanages recruit kids to attract donations. Although I am not so sure of such kind of activities in Phnom Penh, I came across articles and banners which spread the message of ‘don’t create more Orphans’

Buy Traveller’s insurance

In Cambodia, there are international hospitals. However medical facilities are not up to international standards everywhere. As I found the medical facilities are limited and evacuation cost can be extremely high. So, in order to cover your costs in an emergency it is always a better idea to buy traveller’s insurance which can cover at least the basic emergency situations which can happen.

Above are some of the travel safety tips and possible scams which you will face in Phnom Penh. However, if you know how to behave and if you have some idea of possible incidents, you are always safe. We had really safe and enjoyable trip in Phnom Penh and we would love to visit Phnom Penh and other parts of Cambodia again!

 

 

 

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If you look for things to do in Phnom Penh or places to visit in Phnom Penh,I hope this post is helpful for you as I wrote this after our experience in recent Cambodia,Phnom Penh holiday!This is the list of top things to do in phnom penh although there are many other activities available.

Besides checking out Phnom Penh’s many rich historical and cultural sites, there are many other things to do in Phnom Penh. For example, there are many shops where you can buy many unique and exciting items. For food lovers, there are many places to enjoy a unique dining experience. And, for those who want to indulge them at a spa, Phnom Penh has numerous exciting spas that offer excellent service. Best of all, Phnom Penh has a very vibrant nightlife.

Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel
Don’t forget the Local Delights from Cambodia

If you are looking for exciting things to do in Phnom Penh, then make it a point to set aside a couple of days to explore the city and all that it has to offer. The Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda are obviously at the top of everyone’s wish list. There are also places like Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and the infamous Khmer Rouge Killing Fields. Other places of interest include the National Museum and the Russian Market.

Besides visiting these places you should also enjoy the traditional performance called Plae Pakaa/Fruitful, which you can see at the National Museum. The Angkoria-era ruins are another item to include on things to do in Phnom Penh. Though these ruins are not exactly in the city, they do lie pretty close by and hence can be included in your itinerary.

If you wish to explore the city, then you can hire a tuk tuk easily. Having a city tour on a cyclo is another option. Among all these options you can even enjoy walking tour around the city to get a better close-up look at this amazing city of Cambodia. As Tuk tuks are commonly available for really cheap rates, it is always easy to hire a tuk tuk driver who is also a guide to take you to places like Toule Sleng and the Khmer Rouge Killing Fields.

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We always loved city tour by Tuk Tuks.That’s the easiest transport mode in Phnom Penh.

Among the many things to do in Phnom Penh, below are the major attractions and must visit places in Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Phnom Penh ,Cambodia
Visit The National Museum
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National Museum Phnom Penh – Inner Courtyard

The National Museum houses some very important Khmer artifacts. In fact, there are more than 5000 objects there including the statues from the Angkorian era. Be sure to also check out the Leper King statue and the gigantic eleventh century Vishnu statue, which is made out of bronze. Admission to the National Museum costs 5 dollars and the museum is open from 8 in the morning to 5 in the evening everyday.

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Admire The Royal Palace

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The Royal Palace is situated on Sothearos Blvd on the riverfront side between 240 Street and 184 Street. This palace is considered as the home to the King. This is the venue where various court ceremonies take place.  Royal Palace is the symbol of the Kingdom of Cambodia. So, don’t miss the opportunity of visiting the Royal Palace when you are in Phnom Penh.

After King Nordom and the French protectorate relocated it to Phnom Penh from Oudong in 1866, the Royal Palace has become an excellent symbol of the Kingdom. The Silver Pagoda (Wat Preah Keo Morokat) is attached to the palace and is a very unique pagoda. Cost of admission to the Palace is about 6.25 dollars.

Spend time at the Wat Phnom
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Wat Phnom

Wat Phnom is renowned for being the place where the capital city of Cambodia (Phnom Penh) was first founded. According to legend, Lady Penh successfully fished a floating Koki tree from the river. The tree contained various Buddhist statues. Lady Penh built a hill (penh in Cambodian language) along with a tiny temple (wat) at this site. Cost of admission to Wat Phnom is one dollar per person.

Glance the Independence Monument
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Independence Monument

The Independence Monument was established on the 9th of November 1962 to celebrate the country’s independence from foreign rulers. Well-known architect Vann Molyvann constructed it. Today, it is a symbol of the people who died while fighting for the independence of their country.

Walk along The River Front

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The River Front is home to many important cultural sites. It is also home to numerous pubs and restaurants as well as shops that each overlooks the place where the Tonle Sap, Mekong and Bassac Rivers converge.

Walking along the river front can be exciting in the evening while indulging in a restaurant along the river Front area. You will find many food choices and pubs in this area. Having accommodation near to River Front area will be great as most other major attractions are in walking distance to river side.

Don’t forget the River Cruises
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River Cruise in Phnom Penh

It makes sense to take a river cruise on the Tonle Sap River. Most cruises last for between one and two hours and provide you with an opportunity to view the picturesque Royal Palace as well as the city’s skyline.

A sunset river cruise can be really interesting. During the holiday which we were in Phnom Penh, we enjoyed all these views and it was really exciting experience in Cambodia!

Visit Choeung Ek Memorial or The Killing Fields

The Khmer Rouge killed large numbers of Cambodians and dumped their dead bodies at the many killing fields that are scattered in different parts of the country. Before 1975, Choeung Ek was a cemetery that held dead bodies of Chinese people. However, it became a killing field and became the site where more than 17000 people including children were executed. Cost of admission to the Killing Fields is 6 dollars.

Although you will not get excited by visiting the killing fields of Phnom Penh, it will be a place to find the recent history of the country.

Visit Toul Sleng Genocide Museum

Before 1975 Toul Sleng was a high school but after the Khmer Rouge got power they converted it into a jail and interrogation facility. Here inmates were tortured and subsequently executed.

Shop at Central Market, Russian Market and Night Market
Phsar Thmey (Central Market) of Phnom Penh,Cambodia
Phsar Thmey (Central Market) of Phnom Penh,Cambodia

The traditional markets in Phnom Penh include the Central Market, Russian Market and the Night Market. There are many other markets too which you can explore to find the local lifestyle .These markets are open from sunrise to sunset. Other than these places make sure to check out the traditional dance performance at the National Museum.

Visit Wat Langka

Wat Langka lies close to Independence Monument and is one of the original pagodas of the country. This temple is also a place for ceremonies and events. If you visit the independence monument, don’t forget to visit this Buddhist temple which is located just few meters away.

Experience the Buddhist Culture at Wat Ounalom
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Wat Ounalom-Phnom Penh-Cambodia

Wat Ounalom is a sprawling wat (pagoda) that lies in the very center of the riverfront district and is home to a number of golden temples and large sized stupas. Also popular as eyebrow temple, this Buddhist temple is a must see attraction in Phnom Penh.

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Above are some of the must see attractions in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. There are many other attractions and activities that you can do during your holiday in this capital city of Cambodia. As we travelled with our kid, we also visited Kids City Asia which is the best kids attraction in Phnom Penh. We stayed in Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel which is friendly, comfortable and located near to most of the attractions.

Have you been to Phnom Penh,Cambodia?Check our Phnom Penh itinerary if you plan a holiday in Phnom Penh!

Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel
Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel -Phnom Penh

Accommodation plays a major part in any trip. With comfortable accommodation, you will sure enjoy your holiday. It was same for us when we were in Phnom Penh few weeks ago. We were lucky to spend 3 comfortable nights at Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel Phnom Penh with our 3 years old son. Why I mentioned about the kid? Parents who travel with kids know why your accommodation should be kids friendly when you travel with kids. When the kid enjoys the place, parents automatically get the comfortable and relaxing holiday experience. I guess I am correct!

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From the flower arrangements of Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel

Well.it was another holiday and we planned to visit Cambodia. As mentioned in our Phnom Penh itinerary, we spent 3 nights in Phnom Penh visiting the major attractions. As Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel is strategically located near most of the major attractions in Phnom Penh, we could easily visit those places daily without getting much tired or without wanting to travel much distance.

Where to stay in Phnom Penh?

Where to stay in Phnom Penh?This was our one of the first concerns at the time we were planning our Phnom Penh holiday.Among the many hotels in Phnom Penh Cambodia,finally we decided to book Frangipani Royal Palace hotel based on the reviews and views of the rooms we found over the web.Our decision was not wrong.It is one of the best hotels phnom penh cambodia which is comfortable and cozy!

Our Stay in Delux Double Room of Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel
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Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel Lobby Area

We booked our Phnom Penh accommodation through Agoda. However, as always we were in doubt until we saw the actual location. The day we entered into this hotel in Phnom Penh, I was truly amazed with the beautiful interior. That is my concern always. I always look for calm and relaxing spacious places to stay during any of our holidays. Then for my husband, it was the location and services. Yes, I check for such things too.

When we entered into the hotel, the staff greeted us and welcomed with a drink. That was really helpful to satisfy our thirst after few hours flying and travelling. Then the room! That’s the exciting part for any holiday!

The Room
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Delux Double Room of Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel

The room! Yes, it looked like Royal! The blend of red and white colours created the room a Royal appearance.it looked romantic and it looked energetic. At first sight I was attracted to it. And for our kid, it was a spacious room to run around.

Cleanliness was up to satisfied level. The bathroom in our room was clean, tidy and with pleasant look. The view from our room is just fantastic as it was faced to Wat Ounalom. I could watch sunrise early in the morning and beautiful city view with lights at the night time.

Check the current rates.

Food

Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel

Our room rates came with breakfast. So we enjoyed breakfast from the hotel each day. The staff is really helpful and friendly. As my kid is talkative, he started talking with staff during these breakfast sessions making our trip memorable. 🙂

Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel
Local Delights from Cambodia

Breakfast Buffet was with different food choices including local food from Phnom Penh and other choices. Overall we are satisfied with our experience in Phnom Penh in Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel!

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We were spoiled with different food choices! 🙂

During our last night, we had dinner from the hotel restaurant. The restaurant at the roof top is excellent for having dinner with views of riverfront.

Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel
Dinner at Roof top restaurant is an ideal way to enjoy the city view!
Location

If you visit Phnom Penh, this hotel is ideal to spend the night as it is located in walking distance to major attractions of Phnom Penh. The national Museum of Phnom Penh is less than 5 minutes’ walk. The Royal Palace is also in around 6-7 minutes walking distance. Other nearby attractions include the Riverfront area and Wat Ounalom which is less than 10 minutes walking distance.

Other than these attractions, there are souvenir shops and other temples around the hotel area. We could hire Tuk Tuks easily whenever we visited the other attractions such as Wat Phnom. The cost for Tuk Tuk to other city areas was around $4 from this hotel.

Other facilities and services
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Roof top pool area

Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel is equipped with basic amenities which you look for in any comfortable hotel room. Other than that, this hotel is with a pool on roof top and also a spa.

We want to highlight the friendly staff. They were absolutely friendly and we were greeted with their best smile and service. This was our first time in Cambodia. So, this friendly staff gave us a hint of hospitality and friendliness of local Cambodian people. You will sure have memorable time there while talking with the staff during your stay if you visit Phnom Penh!

How to book Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel?

We booked our hotel room through Agoda.

You can also check Hoteltopia for the current rates.Check current rates of Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel.

This hotel is also available on AirBnb. Use this link to book and save up to $50 SGD travel credit.

Disclosure: We stayed at this hotel and we booked the room via Agoda.This review is based on our actual experiences and thoughts.Also this post contains affiliate links.

 

Planning a trip to Cambodia

Are you planning a holiday in Cambodia? Have you prepared your list of things to do in Cambodia? With beautiful mountain views, historical places, wonderful beaches, Cambodia makes it one of the best destinations in South East Asia to spend a fabulous and relaxing holiday.

Among lot of attractions and things to do in Cambodia, we listed here the best of the best things to do for a memorable holiday in this beautiful country.

Visit Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda

Best Things to do in Cambodia

Located in the Cambodia’s capital city, Phnom Penh this grand Royal palace serves as Cambodia king’s residence. Constructed in 1866, this amazing palace represents architectural styles of both Khmer and palace in Bangkok. When the king is not in residence, the Royal Palace is open to the public. Visiting the Royal Palace would be a memorable experience as you can see about the kingdoms and the culture, history of Cambodia at a glance in this Royal Palace. There will be a small fee if you decide to visit the Royal Palace.

Angkor Wat Complex in Siem Reap province

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Decorated with beautiful sculptures Angkor Wat in Siem Reap province is popular as the largest religious monument in the world. You will have a great time in this wonderful temple complex and sure you’ll have amazing photo opportunities too. In 1992, Angkor Wat is declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site.So,don’t forget to include Angkor Wat Complex in your to do list!

Visit the Bayon Temple

Best Things to do in Cambodia

Bayon Temple is another must visit attractions in Cambodia and this amazing temple is located in Siem Reap Province. Once it was the official temple for the king Jayavarman VII who followed Mahayana Buddhist tradition, but after him this temple was modified by both Hindu and Theravada Buddhist kings. Currently this Bayon Temple represents a mix of design features of all these religions and culture. If you like to see ancient places and would like to explore bit of the history, then this temple is a wonderful opportunity.

Spend time at Tonle Sap Lake in Siem Reap

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Cambodia is full of ancient and historical places, temples and monuments. There are lot of ancient places that you must have a look to get an idea on Cambodia’s culture and its rich history. However, to make your trip with lot of different activities and not to get bored, you can next visit Tonlé Sap Lake which is the Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake. Floating villages are one of the interesting sights of this lake. To have a pleasant experience and to see the things, floating villages around, it is recommended to visit this Tonle Sap lake by an organized tour. You can also rent a boat for an hour or two.

Watch traditional dance

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Apsara Performances or Classical Khmer dance performances are one of the great ways to enjoy and relax after visiting many places around Cambodia. You can find traditional dance performances in most of the international hotels too. There are venues which you can watch Apsara Dance performances including Alliance Café and Apsara Theatre in Siem Reap. There is a fee for watching the performances. However if you visit Temple Balcony, you can watch traditional dance performances free while enjoying your dinner.

If you visit Phnom Penh,Cambodia then you can easily watch a traditional show at the National Museum of Phnom Penh.

If you plan a holiday tour in Cambodia, it is best to join with a Cambodia tour operator. So, you will be able to cover most of the parts of the country within your itinerary.Also check The Holiday Place for more tips and details on traveling to Cambodia. With more information like where to stay in Cambodia, when to go, how to go around etc you will have more interesting and fuss free time there in Cambodia. Also don’t forget, people of Cambodia are friendly and they will welcome you with great hospitality to their beautiful country!

With the above tips on things to do in Cambodia,we hope you will have a wonderful holiday there!

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